Kingwood Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Shooting Longtime Girlfriend

Kingwood Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Shooting Longtime Girlfriend

A Kingwood man who fatally shot his longtime girlfriend with a shotgun and then tried to portray the murder as a suicide was sentenced to 45 years in prison late Tuesday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

“Domestic violence comes in all shapes and sizes, and we are glad that jurors saw through this defendant’s lies and were able to give the victim and her family justice,” Ogg said.

Matthew Haberland, 38, was convicted of murder for killing 35-year-old Ashley Wallace at their Kingwood-area home on the morning of June 21, 2022. They had been in a relationship for at least five years before the murder.

Haberland shot Wallace on the couch of the living room while couple’s two young children and the woman’s son were in the home. Haberland then reported to Houston police that he had walked in and found his wife surrounded by blood before rushing the children out of the home.

Police became suspicious after information provided by Haberland did not match the physical evidence and it was discovered that the relationship between Haberland and Wallace was not in a good place. After initially staying on scene while police were investigating, Haberland later left by jumping a fence and making his way to the Kingwood greenbelt trails, where he was apprehended. 

On Tuesday, after eight days of trial, a Harris County jury convicted Haberland of murder and sentenced him to 45 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Bondurant, who is a chief in the DA’s Office’s Domestic Violence Division, and ADA Rashonda Shaw, who is also in the Domestic Violence Division, prosecuted Haberland.

“There was no evidence of suicide — she was not suicidal and did not kill herself,” Bondurant said. “This defendant didn’t take just one life, he ruined so many lives because of what he did. Her family — her children — will have to live the rest of their lives without her.”

Haberland must serve at least half of the prison sentence before he will be eligible for parole.

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